Papers (General Theological)

Unpublished Papers

Elie Wiesel’s Night:  Losing Hope in Theo-logy

Published Papers
‘Silenus’ Wisdom and the “Crime of Being” : The Problem of Hope in George Steiner’s Tragic Vision’, Literature and Theology 14 (2000), 385-411.

‘A Very Unnationalistic Patriotism, Or What the Flag Should Not Blind Us To’, The Witness (March 2004), http://www.thewitness.org/agw/mcdowell031904.html.

‘Trapped in the Flag?’, Third Way 27.5 (June 2004), 22-25. (click here for pre-publication version)

‘The Politics of a Mel-Placed Passion and Displaced Bodies’, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 15 (2007), http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/art15-melplaced.html.

‘The Force is Strong with Star Wars’, Third Way 30.5 (2007), 22-25. (available here)

‘What Athens has to do with Jerusalem:  The Wisdom of Reason, the Publics of Theology’,  Pacifica, 22.2 (2009), 125-147. (click here for a pre-publication version)

Star Wars’ Saving Return’, Journal of Religion and Film 13.1 (April, 2009), http://www.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol13.no1/StarWars.htm.

‘The Ministry of the “Local” Theologian:  Reflections on the Particular Excellence of Christian Performance’, Bishop’s Diploma Graduation Lecture (Aug 2009), unpublished lecture. (click here for pdf)

‘Theological Wisdom’, Newcastle Synod (Oct 2009), unpublished lecture. (click here for pdf)

‘A Properly Theological Education’, Newcastle Anglican Clergy Conference (Oct 2009), unpublished lecture.

‘“Wars Not Make One Great”:  Redeeming the Star Wars Mythos from Redemptive Violence’, submitted to Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 22.1 (2010), http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/art22(1)-WarsNotGreat.html.

‘Dead Dogs, Darwin and the Design of the Divine’, St Marks Theological Journal 211.1 (2010), 9-34. (click here for pre-publication version)

‘Does God Have a Future?  Darwinism and the Design of Divinity’, The Morpeth Lecture (April 2010), unpublished lecture. (click here for pdf)

‘Would God Hide His Face?  The End of Religion in the West?’, Islamic Sciences and Research Academy Australia Sydney (June 2010), unpublished lecture. (click here for pdf)

‘Unlearning What We Have Learned:  The Gift of a Living Ministry’ Newcastle Anglican Clergy Conference (Nov 2010), unpublished lecture. (click here for pdf)

‘Feastings in God at Midnight:  Theology and the Globalised Present’, Pacifica 23 (2011), 299-321.  (click here for pre-publication version)

‘Crossing Silence:  The Silences of the Word’, St Marks Theological Journal 215 (2011), 22-38. (click here for pre-publication version)

‘Donald MacKinnon:  Extraordinary Theologian of the Ordinary’, in John C. McDowell (ed.) Donald MacKinnon (London and New York:  Continuum T&T Clark, 2011).

‘Theology and the Future of Education’, New College NSW Lectures, UNSW (Sept. 2011), unpublished lecture. (click here for pdf)

‘Schooled in a Lifelong Education in Prayer:  The Telos of Participating in Informed Prayer’ (Nov 2011), unpublished lecture.  (click here for pdf)

‘Idolaters at Providential Prayer:  Calvin’s Praying Through Divine Governance’, in Myk Habets and Robert Grow (eds.), Evangelical Calvinism, Princeton Theological Monograph Series (Eugene Oregon:  Pickwick, forthcoming 2012).

‘Silenus’ Wisdom and the “Crime of Being”:  The Problem of Hope in George Steiner’s Tragic Vision’, in Ricardo Gil Soeiro (ed.), The Wounds of Possibility:  Essays on George Steiner (The Northwestern Press, forthcoming 2012).

‘“Unlearn What You Have Learned” [Yoda]:’  The Critical Study of the Myth of Star Wars’, in Terry R. Ryan and Dan W. Clayton (eds.), Understanding Religion and Popular Culture (London & New York:  Routledge, 2012), 104-117.

‘From Sky-Walking to the Dark Knight of the Soul:  George Lucas’ Star Wars Turns to Tragic Drama’, in Doug Brode (ed.), A Star Wars Reader (Lanham:  Scarecrow Press, forthcoming 2012).